A Successful Ice Cream Social

and Production Fair 

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Welcome Back Ice Cream Social and Production Fair on September 3rd. Throughout the afternoon, we had 300 students in film, music, art, and theater stop by our event. For those who were unable to attend, you can still sign up for cast and crew positions using this link: 

If you are a student who is looking for crew for your film, view the interest lists on Film at Mason’s Student Blackboard page or visit the Sage Lab in the Performing Arts Building to look at the printed lists. If you have questions about how to access Blackboard or Sage Lab, email us at

This Friday! 

Shaolin Jazz: Can I Kick It? Black Panther  

This Friday starting at 7:00pm on the Mason Pond Lawn, The Visiting Filmmakers Series and Film at Mason will be co-hosting an outdoor screening with the revolutionary DJ duo Shaolin Jazz.  

SHAOLIN JAZZ - CAN I KICK IT? is next level. Gerald Watson and DJ 2-Tone Jones proudly present a unique film experience made for lovers of Kung-Fu flicks, the music they inspired, and everything else in between. Black Panther will be screened and scored (scene-by-scene) with a blend of Hip Hop, Soul, Funk and more mixed live by DJ 2-Tone Jones.  

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. For more information, visit

Upcoming Events 

Best of Film at Mason Showcase 
Thursday, September 23  |  7:30-9:00 PM        Johnson Center Cinema
Come watch the Best of Film at Mason Showcase on Thursday, September 23rd at 7:30pm in the Johnson Center Cinema. This year’s program of inventive short films captures the creativity and passion of Mason student filmmakers working during the pandemic. The program highlights a variety of genres, including drama, comedy, and documentary.  
Featured films by our students and alumni include 

Stuck by Alexander Hammett 
Trini Girls by Kenge B 
Jonesy by Cristian Druitt 
Woken from a Dream by Taj Kokayi 
Behind the Notes by Jada Salter 
Taking a Stroll by James Fedorko 
This showcase is free and open to the public. For more information and parking instructions, visit our website at
Visiting Filmmakers Series:
Really Love with Angel Kristi Williams 
Thursday, October 7  |  7:30-9:30 PM 
Set in the DMV, Williams' debut feature delivers a poignant look at the sacrifices we make for careers and life-changing relationships. This well-crafted script by Felicia Pride and Williams is complemented by an impeccable soundtrack and incredible art. Hosted by curator and gallerist Myrtis Bedolla.  

Visiting Filmmakers Series: Disclosure with Director Sam Feder and Film Editor Stacy Goldate 
Thursday, October 28  |  7:30-9:30 PM 
Johnson Center Cinema 
Disclosure is an unprecedented, eye-opening look at transgender depictions in film and television, revealing how Hollywood simultaneously reflects and manufactures our deepest anxieties about gender. Co-hosted by LGBTQ+ Resources Center, University Life, and Women and Gender Studies 

Faculty Achievement 

Professor Tommy Britt chaired a panel and presented a new paper at Camera Stylo 4 “Transnational Screens: Global Literature and Cinema,” a conference of the Sydney Literature and Cinema Network. He also interviewed Angus Andrew of the band Liars for a feature published in PopMatters. His most recent publication is "Irony Ends in Why," a career-spanning chapter about Albert Brooks, featured in the new book ReFocus: The Films of Albert Brooks (Edinburgh University Press). 
Professor KJ Mohr is hosting a teaser for this year's Heritage Film Festival and moderating a conversation with four former Heritage Film Festival filmmakers. The event will air September 23 at 7:00 pm starting with the four film screenings and the discussion to follow. For more information,visit 

Remembering Jason Cortez 

We are devastated to learn of the loss of Jason Cortez and our thoughts are with his family and friends, his wife Corina, and the many FAVS graduates who so loved their dear friend.  

A gentle wit. A kind heart. While at George Mason, Jason Cortez made sure his friends felt loved and in return, he was loved by many.  

Jason graduated from Film at Mason in 2015. He was a vital and generous member of the Film program, contributing to our community as student and alumnus. Jason was a member of the DKA Film Fraternity and supported the organization and members’ films during its early years. He worked on many award-winning student films. After graduation, as his professional career began in earnest, Jason frequently returned to campus to collaborate on and celebrate the work of other students.  

As an artist at Mason, Jason took great joy in his craft, enthusiastically mentoring other makers. This joy was inspiring and generative. The Film at Mason faculty and staff send our profound sympathies to his family, his chosen family of friends and artistic partners -- many of whom are graduates of Film at Mason -- and his beloved wife and partner Corina Solorzano.  

Please consider donating to his family's GoFundMe, to support their funeral and related costs in the coming days and weeks. 

Film Opportunities and Resources 

Open Submissions 
Learning Opportunities  
  • Sundance Co//ab presents Master Class: Directing Actors with Judith Weston – Directing students may be interested in attending this FREE online event with renowned directing and acting coach Judith Weston!  The event will take place Tuesday, September 21, 2021, from 1:00pm-4:00pm ET. Click on the link to register!  
  • Black Film Space – Virtual Screenwriting Workshop – For only $5, attend these weekly online events and benefit from constructive feedback on short scripts.  Click on the link to learn more and to register!  
  • Renegade Women in Film and TV – Attend this free online event that celebrates the accomplishments of 50 women working in film and TV. This event will take place September 28, 2021, at 7:00pm ET.  Click on the link to register today!  
  • ITVS Diversity Development Fund – Applications due by September 17, 2021.  Visit their website for more information.  
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